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Originally published more than forty years ago, this important collection brings together the works and writings of the revolutionary minds behind the Protestant Reformationand it remains a major resource for teachers, students, and history buffs alike. Over the decades, however, modern scholarship has shed new light on this tumultuous period, raising probing questions and providing new connections that have radically changed our understanding and outlook.
With this newly revised and updated edition of this essential worknow including texts written by women as well as entries dealing with popular religionmodern viewpoints are cogently addressed, while the scholarly integrity that has made this book a revered classic has been scrupulously maintained. Throughout, Hans J. Hillerbrand's basic assumption remains consistent: religionno matter how dependent on societal forcesmust be seen as the pivotal element in the story of the sixteenth century.